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Subject: HELP! Children's Lit. Research Topic
Date Posted: 5/20/2010 12:36 PM ET
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I am taking a Children's Literature class in my Teacher Prep classes and I need help picking a topic for a final project. It can deal with anything related to Children's Literature, but I need my topic to focus on K-2 grade. I was thinking maybe something that had to do with fairytales, but I?m not sure what angle to take. However, any topic suggestions will be most helpful! Thanks! Please PM if you can help....

Subject: How about...
Date Posted: 6/1/2010 12:03 AM ET
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different cultural depictions of Cinderella! My mom, a third-grade teacher, uses this in her class to teach about world cultures and interpretations of the same story. There are a BAZILLION different Cinderella stories out there at ALL reading levels and I'm sure you could find plenty in the K-2 range.

Off the top of my head:

THE EGYPTIAN CINDERELLA by Shirley Climo tells the story of Rhodopis, a Greek slave Cinderella in Egypt


YEH SHEN by Ai Ling Louie tells the story of Yeh-Shen, a Cinderella from China.


Tell me if I'm barking anywhere near the right tree!




Date Posted: 6/1/2010 7:24 PM ET
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Maybe do an author study (we have to do them in our curriculum) and focus on a particular author such as Eric Carle, Karma Wilson or Kevin Henkes.  They are all appropriate for the K-2 age range and are prolific writers.  Good luck.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 11:02 AM ET
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I have done a study of all the different Cinderella's. It's fascinating! You could also do a study of fairy tale components (good vs evil, single parents, etc). OR a comparison of Grimm and other versions of fairy tales to the Disneyfied fairy tales where everything has a happy ending. Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 9:21 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 9:19 PM ET
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Remember that 'little' folks sometimes like those fairy tales where the "hero" is not some BIG, STRONG, BRAVE  person.....think of Androcles and the Lion, or Seven at One Blow (he swatted seven flies at one blow and was overheard when he exulted!), and other fairy tales of a similar nature..